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23 April 2017

* MORNING CLASS * Provisional Driving - Introduction to using a sewing machine

Date: 23 April 2017 11:00 to 13:30

The ‘Provisional Driving’ Introduction To Using a Sewing Machine class has been developed to address the needs of those who have little or no experience of using a sewing machine. Through this class participants will learn not only basic sewing machine skills, but will develop the confidence to progress onto making things for themselves using a sewing machine.
In the afternoon, put your new found skills into practise to create a practical item (a creative cushion or bag) in the "Creative Making on the Machine" class.

On completion of this class participants will confidently be able to:

- thread a sewing machine and wind a bobbin.

- feed fabric through, sew in a straight line and turn corners.

- explore the range of features and stitches on the machine.

- sew different types of seams.

- Understand how to hem the edge of the cloth.

- apply a pocket and patches.


TIME: 11am - 1.30pm

PRICE: £30 / £25 conc. OR £50 / £45 when you book for the FULL DAY. (Morning: introduction to using a sewing machine. Lunch Break, followed by creative making on the machine - cushion or bag)

Includes our brand new 'Learn to Sew' textile handout (T-Towel) , other materials, use of sewing machines and refreshments.




Suggested follow on workshop:

'Creative Making on the machine' (applique cushion or bag)

'Improvers sewing' (making more of a sewing machine  & 'Sew your own simple & stylish skirt'

'Introduction to garment alterations'  &  'Refresh your Wardrobe'

* AFTERNOON CLASS * Creative making on the sewing machine (applique cushion or bag)

Date: 23 April 2017 14:30 to 17:00

Drawing inspiration from some of  Barley Massey’s upcycled designs, ‘Creative Making on the machine’ has been developed for participants new to using a sewing machine, wishing to combine creative re use, fabric construction and machine sewing to transform items of old clothing or fabric remnants into practical objects. The focus in this class will be making a cushion cover or tote style bag. This is an ideal follow on class to the morning ’Provisional Driving’ introduction to using a sewing machine class. A discount is offered when you book for the full day!

On completion of this class, participants will confidently be able to:

- use a sewing machine.

- understand the principles of basic pattern making and cutting

- create decoration by combining decorative stitches and appliqué

- make a 3d functional object

- Realise your creative ideas into a personalised cushion cover or tote style bag

TIME: 2.30 - 5pm

PRICE: £30 / £25 concession OR £50 / £45 when you book the FULL DAY

Includes all materials (but you are welcome to bring your own) and refreshments.



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Barley Massey
Fabrications creator and recently described by the Evening Standard as "London's Eco Queen' 

Katherine May
Contemporary quilt maker and teacher. Katherine has worked with Liberty, The V&A, Fashion & Textiles Museum and Fabrications!

Sue Russell
has dedicated her life to practising, promoting and sharing skills in low impact living and keeping traditional textile skills alive.

Rosie Martin
Inspiring and encouraging a new generation of stitchers to make their own clothes through her book 'DIY Couture', workshops and events.

Ayda Anlagan
brilliant teacher and creator of design company 'Monstify' - anatomical crochet parts to animate everyday objects!

Stephanie Bescoby
Milliner, teacher, clever upcycler and baristar. There are no limits to Steph's talents!

Laura Lees
Time out recently described learning machine embroidery from laura is like learning piano from Chopin!


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